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Published September 27th 2013
Fear is a funny thing
October is fast approaching and everywhere that is everywhere is hosting a 'scare fest' of some sort, from Alton towers to Thorpe Park and even the West Midlands Safari Park (feel sorry for who ever has to put costumes on the lions!) But one of the places I'm extremely interested in is the London Dungeon.
We all know the Americans do Halloween so much better than us Brits, but in recent years we have been giving it a good go. So our Alton Towers Fright Nights might not live up to Universal Studios, but if we stick to what's traditionally English rather than bad American rip offs we could actually be quite scary. So we may not have the American horror movies or their make up or the big theme parks to pull them off, but we have a real gruesome past, especially London. Jack the Ripper? Sweeney Todd? So where better to go than the London Dungeon? And, from what I've seen, one of the cheaper ones.
I went to the old dungeons by London Bridge when I was younger and was pleasantly surprised by their ability to mix history, entertainment, and scary (without being too scary for kids). So when returning to London this year with my American boyfriend and Australian best mate we thought we would check it out.
Our first mistake was the school holidays. Originally we planned to see Madame Tussuads but that was a four hour queue and, as my Aussie friends pointed out, she wouldn't queue four hours to see the real celebs, never mind wax works of them.
So we headed over to Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament and had a walk down by the London Eye and to our surprise, the London Dungeon was there - the all new London Dungeon, apparently. Actors were bellowing out at passers by to enter if they dared so we thought this looked like a lot of fun and with my past experience seemed like a good idea....
Until we saw the queue. We were told the queue would be an hour and a half so we thought we would bite the bullet as this was probably the best we would get in school holidays.
We actually queued closer to two and a half hours but thankfully some of that was inside and was fairly interactive. Thankfully, we all thought it was worth the wait. With a couple of impressive new rides, mazes, and characters plus the history and entertainment we all had a good laugh. Possibly a little scarier than the old dungeon, they still managed to balance a good amount of scary and amusing. Although definitely not recommended for younger children, they still managed to keep a sense of light heartedness with most of their characters.
After reading up about their Halloween events, I am super excited to see what they do with their famous characters especially as it's pretty damn creepy anyway. The event runs from 25th September to 9th November with the dungeon closing at the later time of 7pm some nights. With those dates old Guy Fawkes might make a BIG appearance too.
I'd definitely recommend booking in advance, it is cheaper online and also avoids waiting in any long queues especially over school holidays. You can also take a test on their website to see if you are brave enough. After scoring an impressive 78% I will see you there! Also check out their Dungeon After Dark event for a spookier time!